The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

TV Special   |  Not Rated   |    |  Animation, Drama, Family


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An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.


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Directors:

Jules Bass , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Takeya Nakamura

Writer:

Romeo Muller

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28 June 2002 | jake j
A Christmas "Animagic" Classic For The Ages...
Although less highly regarded by many than the masterful "animagic" hour of "Rudolph", this 27-minute gem throbs with the joy and heartache of living that is timelessly captured by Rankin/Bass and the brilliant detail of the Dentsu Company miniature sets and artistic direction (so often overlooked in these productions). A hearty and rich score, especially the underscoring of the tragic death of the boy's parents, is unforgettable. Ferrer, Frees, and Eccles are delightful and the often cloying "Miss" Greer Garson delivers the narration with a gentle stroke that is soothing and sincere. The nativity scene is overwhelmingly moving and the film ends on a perfect note. There was a pointless and meandering sequel years later,"Little Drummer Boy-Book II" which is best left unopened- a lifeless and repetitive tale justly obscure. The original, common on video but shown infrequently now during the Christmas season, showcases that deep color film tone that NBC employed so effectively in the mid-60's, which today adds to the nostalgia. Children's prime-time specials once heralded a great era in the success of the medium. All that remains are these video souvenirs.

****out of ****

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Animation | Drama | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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